The GLOBART AWARD seeks to encourage people to live authentically. Role models have always been important influences who inspire us and shape our cultural heritage.
Recipients of the annual GlobArt award are presented with a symbolic figure designed by Professor Josef Kaiser of the Vienna University of Applied Art, an associate of Prof. Adolf Frohner, sculptor and designer of such coins as the Austrian version of the Euro. In expressive simplicity, its shape is designed to call to mind the specific elements of this award: a synthesis of spirituality, creativity, and social awareness.

GLOBART AWARD 2018 to Marina Abramović

With Marina Abramović GLOBART honoured the most significant performance artist of our time with the GLOBART AWARD 2018.

For her artistic life work and for her being a role model Marina Abramović was honoured with the GLOBART Award 2018.

The award took place on April 25th 2018 at the art history museum of Vienna. The moderator was Alanna Heiss, founder and director of Clocktower Productions, and founder and former director of MoMA PS1.

Marina Abramović has radically transformed the art world. With her performances she both shocks and touches people. With her art she deeply looks into pain, loss, endurance and trust. The relationship to her own body is what makes her pieces so distinctive. She does not only transcend the limits of art but also fascinates with her inquiry for truth. Marina Abramović touches millions with her power of silence.

With her 40 year-long experience Abramović developed a method of concentration and mobilisation that aims to achieve most tolerance and openness in a dialogue. With her autobiography “Walk through Walls” she expresses her deep hope that people can be inspired to gain consciousness, and that one can overcome any obstacle, if one does it with real dedication.

Acceptance Speech

What I love about Vienna: You really have the most glamorous way to present things. I mean, what a building and what a Canova behind me. And just earlier they said that my art is not made in marble and there I am, the biggest Canova sculpture standing behind me. But this is really the mythology and here is real life. So to get such an Award, it is so much a responsibility and really weight stands on me that I deserve and proof in the future.

So my work it is not material art, it is immaterial art and it is difficult. My good idea was really to work with the body, with emotions. Especially with emotions, it is such a hard thing to work with, because you have to be vulnerable, at the same time strong, at the same time humble to your work and the public you are reaching.

I am so lucky standing here with this Award and that I can say today that my biggest public is a very very young generation of artists and young generation of public. Every time I give a speech I say „Who is the youngest?“ and they tell me 12, 13, 14 and just a few days ago in Bonn there was a kid 8 years old and I said: Ok, this is going to far! But this is really the future we are talking about.

And what is the responsibility of an artist today?

I believe that an artist has to be servant for society. Before he was servant of the church, servant of the aristocrats and the kings. But today really we have to serve, we have to be there available and we have to create situations that open certain horizons. It’s not that art can change life but art can actually bring consciousness and change the way how we look to the things. Only when you change yourself you can change others, nothing else is possible.

Thank you for this award, it means very much to me and I hope in the future I will continue my work without disappointing anybody.
Thank you.


Marina Abramović

Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramović has pioneered performance art, creating some of the form’s most important early works. The body has always been both her subject and medium. Exploring her physical and mental limits, she has withstood pain, exhaustion, and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.

Abramović was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2008, she was decorated with the Austrian Commander Cross for her contribution to art history. In 2010, Abramović had her first major U.S. retrospective and simultaneously performed for over 700 hours in “The Artist is Present” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2014, she completed the three-month performance “512 Hours” at the Serpentine Gallery in London.  Abramović founded Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), a platform for immaterial and long durational work to create new possibilities for collaboration among thinkers of all fields. The institute inhabited its most complete form to date in 2016 in collaboration with NEON in “As One”, Benaki Museum, Athens.

Her most recent publication is Walk Through Walls: A Memoir, Published by Crown Archetype on October 25, 2016. Her retrospective, The Cleaner opened at Moderna Museet, Stockholm in February 2017 and is touring to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo, Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, and Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.

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